Dr. Ruiz Helps Finalize Bipartisan Legislation to Address Opioid Addiction
Washington, D.C. – Today, Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) joined a limited, bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders to finalize the language of a bill to address opioid abuse and addiction across the nation.
“I am honored to advocate for my constituents and shape national legislation that will make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans who suffer the effects of opioid abuse. As a conferee and a physician, I fought for meaningful solutions and adequate resources to enable local, state, and federal public health experts to combat the opioid epidemic.” said Dr. Ruiz. “I have resuscitated far too many patients in the emergency room who have fallen victim to opioid addiction and abuse, and I have seen the crushing physical and emotional impact this opioid crisis has on individuals, their families, and their communities.”
Dr. Ruiz was selected for his expertise as an emergency physician along with a bipartisan group of leaders in the House and Senate to finalize a compromise on legislation to combat drug abuse and addiction. The conference report, completed today, now goes to the House and Senate floors for final vote and, upon passage, to President Obama’s desk for signature.
You can click here to watch Dr. Ruiz’s opening remarks during today’s conference committee meeting.